SNK Neo Geo CD/CDZ
SNK released the Neo Geo CD in 1994 in order
to bring down the high price tags on its home console and games.
Compact disks were cheap and meant that Neo Geo could now sell games for
about $50 a piece compared to the $200+ it was charging for its AES
cartridges. The price of the console also fell to about $300. Unfortunately, the Neo Geo CD introduced some new
problems. Firstly, games would take forever to load because of the
1X CD-Drive speed, which made playing some games unbearable.
Secondly, it had a problem with overheating once the console was left on
for some time. The CDZ, which was released in 1996 did improve on
load times by sporting a 2X CD-Drive, however, it was only ever released
The Neo Geo CD comes boxed with a game pad and not an arcade-style joystick like the AES, which some people might not like. However, there are joystick controllers, sold separately, that can be hooked up to the the system.
The game Samurai Spirits RPG was released exclusively for the Neo Geo CD, and most of Neo Geo's other games series such as The King of Fighters and Art of Fighting were all released for it.
CPU: 16-bit Motorolla 68000
(12MHz) and 8-bit Zilog Z80 (4MHz)
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